afraid for what

sisse nar

Senior Member
Korean
Hi, all.

This is from <A death in the family> by James Agee.

What was he afraid for?

.... his uncle and his aunt made quick, small, attendant noises and took no further part in the discussion and his father’s voice, somewhat less unkind than the snort and the way he had gotten from his chair but still annoyed, saying, “No, he hollered for me, I’ll see to him” and heard his mastering, tired approach. He was afraid, for he was no longer deeply frightened, he was grateful for the evidence of tears.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    I can't tell what he's afraid of, sisse nar. Agee seems to be distinguishing between "afraid" and "deeply frightened" for some reason.

    People can probably help you with this if you can provide them with a little more information. Who is "he"? He seems to be a child. Is that true? Is he in bed? Did he holler for his father because he heard a noise in the dark?
     

    sisse nar

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you, owlman5. I would try to give more context.
    Yes, he is a boy in a crib. He holloered his father.
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Thanks for the context, sisse nar. What happened before he hollered? Did he hear a noise or see something that frightened him?
     
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